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University of Pittsburgh    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Spanish, BA

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Major requirements


Before declaring the major, students must complete four Spanish language courses in order to gain the indispensable skills to effectively read, write and discuss in a second language. Students with any previous knowledge of Spanish must take a placement test. Please note that a grade of B+ or higher in SPAN 0004  is required to declare the major. The Spanish major requires students to complete 38 credits of coursework as detailed below.

Required Courses

Three electives

Three electives from the SPAN 1400, SPAN 1600, SPAN 1700, and SPAN 1800 level course series, or PORT 0002 - ELEMENTARY PORTUGUESE 2  of you are pursuing the Portuguese minor or related area. These courses include, for example, Colonial Literatures and Cultures, Latin American Novel, U.S. Latino Literature and Film, African Presence in Hispanic Literature and Culture, Don Quixote, Modern Spanish Novel and Film, etc. Note that SPAN 1400, SPAN 1600, and PORT 1010 do not count toward the Spanish major.

Additional information and requirements

  • Related area: Students must complete a 12-credit related area in order to fulfill Dietrich School graduation requirements. Students interested in Latin America should consider the Latin American Studies Certificate program for a related area.
  • W requirement: SPAN 0055 - INTRODUCTION HISPANIC LITERATURE 1  satisfies this requirement.
  • Grade requirements: Students must maintain an average GPA of 2.0 or above in all department courses. No courses with a grade of C- or lower will count toward the major.
  • Satisfactory/No-Credit option: Majors may take one required course on an S/NC basis.
  • Language of instruction: Spanish majors can take up to one curse offered by the department that is taught in English. In order to have it count toward minor requirements, written assignments must be submitted in Spanish.
  • Study Abroad: At least one term of study abroad is recommended.
  • Credits in residence: To complete the Spanish major, students are required to take at least half of the credits required for the major while in residence in the Dietrich School.
  • Placement into language courses: For the Spanish placement test, please contact the Spanish Language Coordinator, Carlos Ramírez, For the Portuguese placement test, please contact the Portuguese Language Coordinator, Ana Paula Carvalho,
  • Credit by examination: Students may receive credit by examination for the Spanish language courses up to and including SPAN 1025 - ADVANCED GRAMMAR . Similar credits may be earned in Portuguese.

Double majors, dual degrees and CLAS certificates

Students who have declared an additional major or pursue a dual degree need not to take SPAN 1301 . The same rule applies to students taking the CLAS Field Trip to Latin America. Only one course reduction applies if a student meets more than one of these criteria.

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